Lessons from an Ebola outbreak that may be over | IV fluids important even in short surgeries, study finds | For public health's sake, clean up after your pet
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October 17, 2014
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Lessons from an Ebola outbreak that may be over
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is taking a heavy toll, but another Ebola outbreak caused by a different strain in Congo is under control and may soon be declared over. An experienced team used three key strategies: rapidly identifying and isolating infected people in health care settings with protected staff; finding all potentially exposed individuals and tracking their temperature for three weeks, isolating those who become ill; and educating the public about how to prevent transmission while dispelling misinformation. The spread was quelled before the virus reached urban areas, where disease can be much harder to contain. The Guardian (London) (10/15)
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IV fluids important even in short surgeries, study finds
Intravenous fluids affect blood pressure and flow even during short surgeries such as a spay or neuter, according to research by veterinarian Deborah Silverstein of the University of Pennsylvania. The study, reported in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, found vessels greater than 20 micrometers had increased density and flow in animals given the most fluid, compared with those receiving none. They also monitored blood pressure and noted that one-third of the animals experienced a drop in blood pressure during the surgery. "That just shows that monitoring blood pressure and having fluid support is important," Dr. Silverstein said. MedicalXpress.com (10/15)
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For public health's sake, clean up after your pet
Contamination of water with fecal matter from dogs poses a potential public health problem, according to research from the Environmental Protection Agency published in Environmental Science and Technology. The study found that dog waste left in the environment is a potential source of zoonotic pathogens including giardia, E. coli and campylobacter. Picking up after dogs is the best way to mitigate risks. IO9.com (10/14)
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Cool, wet days bring uptick in leptospirosis
Are your pets protected? (Hsieh Chengliagn)
Chicago-area veterinarian Adam Mordecai says his clinic has already treated three dogs with leptospirosis, and he expects more cases because the disease tends to peak with cool, wet weather. Water contaminated with infected urine is often the source of lepto in dogs. Dr. Mordecai says early recognition of symptoms and prompt treatment are necessary for this potentially deadly disease. WBBM-TV (Chicago)/WBBM-AM (Chicago) (10/16)
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Charges brought in case of Ariz. kennel deaths
Twenty-one dogs died and four others were injured at the Green Acre Dog Boarding facility in Gilbert, Ariz., and criminal animal-cruelty charges have been brought against four people. All the dogs were allegedly confined to a room. A veterinarian found evidence of death from suffocation in necropsies. The dog owners filed a civil suit, and several felony and misdemeanor charges have been recommended by sheriff's investigators. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (10/15), KTAR-AM/KTAR-FM (Phoenix) (10/15)
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Ebola protocols for pets coming soon, AVMA says
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Recommended protocols for handling pets that might have been exposed to Ebola could be available as early as next week. "Veterinary and public health officials should evaluate and take appropriate protections," says Dr. Christine Hoang, assistant director of the AVMA Division of Scientific Activities. The AVMA is working with government and public health experts on the recommendations. The Seattle Times/McClatchy-Tribune News Service (10/17)
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Video: Suspected banned substance being used
While there may be differing opinions on what is and isn't safe to be used to treat our animals, the laws are written for a reason. So what happens when you suspect someone is using a banned substance to treat a patient? In AVMA's latest "Simple Answers to Tough Questions" video, available to AVMA members, Dr. Will McCauley offers his advice on how to tackle this tough situation. Watch the video.
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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
American psychiatrist
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